Catch a Curl is Coming!

Got the back to school blues? Missing NESS summer camp? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the joys of ocean adventure sports and relish the last moments of summer with our annual Catch a Curl Youth Surf Competition! This is the 7th year we partnered up with the Westerly Recreation Department and North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) for the event.

Catch a Curl will be held at the Westerly Town Beach (365 Atlantic Ave, Westerly, RI) on Saturday, September 15! The event is open to beginners through advanced youth surfers. A beach cleanup is part of the event to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day! Never surfed before? That’s okay! NEW this year, kids can try surfing with the support of NESS instructors before the competition for free.


Ankle Biters: (riders under 10) (An adult can boost ankle biters into waves!)

Wahine: (beginner/intermediate girls ages 11-14)

Menehune: (beginner/intermediate boys ages 11-14)

Big Kahuna: (intermediate/advanced riders 17 and under)

Event Timeline:

9:00 am -10:00 am: Try Surfing (FREE!)

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Registration & Warm-Ups

10:30 am – 2:00 pm: Surf Heats

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Beach Clean-Up & Awards

For more information and to register, please visit nessf.org/catch-a-curl. Entry fee is $35 per surfer (early bird registration is available!) and includes a t shirt. Those kids who are interested in trying surfing are asked to also sign up online in advance.

NESS would like to thank the Avie’s Ski/Sport, Civil Westerly, Surfrider Foundation RI, Surfrider Foundation CT, Eastern Surfing Association, Narragansett Surf & Skate Shop, National Surf Schools & Instructors Association, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, Tidal River Clothing Co, Humans for the Future, O’Neill, Raw Elements, and the Town of Westerly for their guidance, support, and expertise in making this event a reality.